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A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity by David Liittschwager

Twelve inches by twelve inches by twelve inches, the cubic foot is a relatively tiny unit of measure compared to the whole world. With every step, we disturb and move through cubic foot after cubic foot. But behold the cubic foot in nature—from coral reefs to cloud forests to tidal pools—even in that finite space you can see the multitude of creatures that make up a vibrant ecosystem.

For A World in One Cubic Foot, esteemed nature photographer David Liittschwager took a bright green metal cube—measuring precisely one cubic foot—and set it in various ecosystems around the world, from Costa Rica to Central Park. Working with local scientists, he measured what moved through that small space in a period of twenty-four hours. He then photographed the cube’s setting and the plant, animal, and insect life inside it—anything visible to the naked eye. The result is a stunning portrait of the amazing diversity that can be found in ecosystems around the globe. Many organisms captured in Liittschwager’s photographs have rarely, if ever, been presented in their full splendor to the general reader, and the singular beauty of these images evocatively conveys the richness of life around us and the essential need for its conservation. The breathtaking images are accompanied by equally engaging essays that speak to both the landscapes and the worlds contained within them, from distinguished contributors such as Elizabeth Kolbert and Alan Huffman, in addition to an introduction by E. O. Wilson. After encountering this book, you will never look at the tiniest sliver of your own backyard or neighborhood park the same way; instead, you will be stunned by the unexpected variety of species found in an area so small.

 A World in One Cubic Foot puts the world accessibly in our hands and allows us to behold the magic of an ecosystem in miniature. Liittschwager’s awe-inspiring photographs take us to places both familiar and exotic and instill new awareness of the life that abounds all around.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226481234
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/25/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 12.30(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

David Liittschwager is a freelance photographer and a contributor to National Geographic and other magazines. His work has been exhibited at such institutions as the California Academy of Sciences and the American Museum of Natural History. He is the author of Skulls and coauthor of Archipelago: Portraits of Life in the World’s Most Remote Island Sanctuary,Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawaii, and Witness: Endangered Species of North America. Liittschwager also lectures and shows his work around the world in both fine art and natural history contexts. 

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A WORLD IN ONE CUBIC FOOT

PORTRAITS OF BIODIVERSITY


By DAVID LIITTSCHWAGER

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS

Copyright © 2012 Paraculture, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-226-48123-4


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Table of Contents

Contents

FOREWORD E. O. WILSON....................     9     

INTRODUCTION DAVID LIITTSCHWAGER....................     13     

SALTWATER BAY AUGUST KLEINZAHLER UNDER THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE SAN
FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA....................     17     

CLOUD FOREST NALINI M. NADKARNI MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST RESERVE, COSTA
RICA....................     49     

CORAL REEF ELIZABETH KOLBERT TEMAE REEF MOOREA, FRENCH POLYNESIA.........     77     

DECIDUOUS FOREST W. S. DI PIERO HALLETT NATURE SANCTUARY CENTRAL PARK,
NEW YORK CITY....................     115     

FRESHWATER RIVER ALAN HUFFMAN DUCK RIVER, LILLARD'S MILL, TENNESSEE......     141     

MOUNTAIN FYNBOS JASPER AND PETER SLINGSBY TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
SOUTH AFRICA....................     173     

SPECIES INDEX....................     202     

AUTHOR BIOS....................     203     

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS/CREDITS....................     204     

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